What will we invent after we invent everything that can be invented?\nArtificial intelligence stands to be the most radically transformative technology ever developed by the human race. As a former artificial intelligence entrepreneur turned investor, I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of this technology: where it\u2019s taking us and how our lives are going to reform around it. We humans tend to develop emergent technologies to the nth degree, so I think there is a certain inevitability to the far-out techno-utopian visions from certain branches of science fiction \u2014 it just makes common sense to me and many others. Why shouldn\u2019t AI change everything?\nWhile we\u2019ve come a long way in this particular field, the current situation resembles a camp of explorers perched at the base of a mountain \u2014 the only way forward from here is up. We already have some compelling use cases for this technology in science and business today, and there are even a number of consumer products boasting artificially intelligent \u201cbrains\u201d inside them.\nBut all the cool stuff that captures our dreams and imaginations \u2014 conversational computers with general intelligence, for example \u2014 is on the other side of this figurative mountain. It\u2019s time to start climbing.\nAt the risk of speaking in generalities, here\u2019s how I forecast our weird, unknown future where AI is simultaneously very advanced and very mainstream. Things are going to be completely different from what we know today, but these changes are distinctly positive, not negative.\nThere\u2019s going to be a new understanding of \u2018normal\u2019\nA world of widespread AI systems and services won\u2019t closely resemble the one we live in now. Someone mindlessly conversing with Siri on the sidewalk gets eyeballs from strangers for seeming oblivious to the organic human life around them. But the proliferation of high-charged AI technology will mean that everyone will talk to their machines all the time. \u201cAfter all, they understand us,\u201d will go the reasoning.\nThis change won\u2019t be limited to our personal technology \u2014 we\u2019ll start seeing public interfaces for it as well. Imagine your Uber robotic flying cars will automatically know where you want to go without you having to type anything. Imagine never having to carry a wallet around ever again, because your money and identity will be based on facial recognition and other biometrics. As we go further out, we might not even have to speak anymore, instead exchanging thoughts and precepts with other humans or AI agents directly, using via neurotechnology like brain-computer interfaces.\nThere\u2019s basically no corner of human work or life that will be left untouched by widespread AI. The future is gonna be wild.\nVirtual assistants will become more like friends or collaborators\nWe have a clear speculative example of what this will look like in the 2013 Spike Jonze movie Her. Joaquin Phoenix\u2019s character lives in the near-future and falls in love with his Siri-like virtual assistant. When a piece of technology is sufficiently advanced that you to interact with it on a daily basis, it remembers everything about you, and it anticipates your needs, then the simple term \u201cvirtual assistant\u201d falls short rather quickly. It might better be referred to as a team member, co-founder, partner, or collaborator. And we\u2019re going to have lots of them, multiply our efficacy across spheres of work and life.\nSimply put, we\u2019re going to trust future iterations of Siri in ways that probably don\u2019t make sense right now. By talking to a computer, we know we are free from the fear or judgment we would surely face if we were talking to a person. These artificially intelligent entities will optimize our lives and be a reflective lens for our lives \u2014 just like the friends and family we have today.\nWe\u2019ll have to reckon with our morality and the goals of the human race\nIs it moral to augment our abilities with technology if we use those enhanced abilities to end suffering? This isn\u2019t some half-baked grad school discourse, but a question that deserves our thoughtful consideration. AI methods and technologies are improving on a daily basis, so there\u2019s a moral and ethical reckoning waiting for us right around the corner. We\u2019ll have to answer questions exactly like this one sooner instead of later.\n\u201cMorality\u201d broadly refers to the lowest common denominator of appropriate behavior for the planet\u2019s 7.5 billion people. This is a suboptimal understanding of such an important concept because it allows for massive suffering, but if we had access to a higher level of intelligence, we could use it to address and end that suffering.\nI think we\u2019ll furthermore see the end of the 40-hour workweek, and I\u2019m not even talking about grand political ideas like basic income. The nine-to-five paradigm is a myth that was invented by humans, and it tends to stand in the way of us achieving personal goals and ambitions. With a new brand of intelligence automating low-level cognitive tasks across the board, we\u2019re going to inevitably generate more downtime in our workdays. This will leave us free to let our minds wander and plumb our innately creative depths, instead of agonizing over meeting arbitrary KPIs. There\u2019s an essential \u201cunlocking\u201d waiting for humanity right around the corner, and AI is going to help us get there.\nThere are new developments in the artificial intelligence arena every week. As we continue inventing everything we can here, we\u2019re building a future that will flourish with human convenience. If humanity is splintered with a thousand shards of desire, AI is going to help us pick up the pieces and move in a united, cohesive direction.